Spring of 2010 was unusually cold. These unseasonable temperatures delayed bud break by a full month and slowed canopy development. Late spring wind added to these early season challenges, leading to uneven fruit set. In response, the vineyard crew conducted extensive green harvesting leaving only a small crop of the most perfect fruit on the vines. Ripening took place in mild conditions with a late burst of heat just before harvest allowing the flavors to fully develop. Though challenging, the 2010 vintage allowed Peter Michael Winery to dry-farm creating a wine with massive structure, length and elegance.
L’Esprit des Pavots literally means “The Spirit of the Poppies.” This wine was grown in the original Les Pavots vineyard blocks that were completely replanted between 1996 and 1999 due to
phylloxera. In replanting, Peter Michael Winery spared no expense, utilizing only the rarest and best clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The 2010 vintage wine made from these young vine blocks captures the “spirit” of the Les Pavots terroir.
Spectacularly rich and intense, the 2010 L’Esprit des Pavots displays all of the usual features, which characterize the Les Pavots terroir: blueberry, vanilla bean, licorice, chocolate, cedar and coffee. The fruit of the younger vines brings additional aromas of red cherry, plum and red pepper to the complex bouquet. The palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated, exhibiting abundant, youthful yet supple tannins and a lingering finish. Fruit forward and enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.
Harvested: October 8 – October 21, 2010
Blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered May 18, 2012
Alcohol: 14.6%; Release: September 1, 2013